Macaws at Baton Rouge Zoo

Macaws at Baton Rouge Zoo; credit Visit Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Family Attractions

Baton Rouge Zoo
DESCRIPTION: The #1 year-round family attraction in Baton Rouge with over 1,400 animals in the beautifully landscaped zoo; as you would expect in this part of the coutry, the alligator exhibit is superb. You should not miss the elephants, giraffes, white tiger, L’Aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise, KidsZoo, Cypress Bayou Railroad or White Tiger Tram, Safari Post gift shop and Flamingo Cafe Description; a sidewalk tram and train rides available, both come in handy during hot days.
ADMISSION: age 13+ $7, age 65+ $6, age 2-12 $4; Wed 3-5p only $1
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 3601 Thomas Road, Baker, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-775-3877

Louisiana Art & Science Museum
DESCRIPTION: Host in a 1920’s train depot with a five-car train on-site; features fine art exhibitions, interactive art and science exhibits, an Egyptian Tomb, a Challenger Learning Center; also features the collection of African American sculptor Frank Hayden–who during the 1960’s presented some of the most powerful civil rights arguments in visual form through his symbolic sculptures–an Egyptian, hands-on children’s area, and Challenger Learning Center; gift shop; Pennington Planetarium, houses a 60-foot domed theater that presents large-format films, sky shows, and visual music shows using digital video projection and Baton Rouge’s only 70 mm film projection system, plus awesome sound
ADMISSION: age 13+ $7, age 65+ $6, age 2-12 $4; add $2 for Planetarium show
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Friday 10a-3p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 100 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-344-5272

USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum
DESCRIPTION: Gift shop. WWII Fletcher class destroyer, restored to 1945 appearance with over 50 inner spaces to see. Veterans Museum displays include a P-40 aircraft, over 40 ship models, full-scale replica of gun deck of Old Ironsides, the Louisiana Memorial Wall with an eternal flame and a Corsair A-7E jet as a memorial to Vietnam Veterans
ADMISSION: adults $8, ages 4-12 $5, seniors & military $7
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5a
ADDRESS: 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-342-1942

Louisiana Museum of Natural History
DESCRIPTION: If your kids like animal collections, this is nirvana; more than 2.8 million specimens and artifacts that document the rich natural history of Louisiana are gathered in both a place for visitors, scientists and students; attractions include the Vascular Plant Herbarium, the Mycological Herbarium, Lichen Herbarium, Arthropod Museum, the Mineralogy Collections, Textile and Costume Museum and much more.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-4:30p
ADDRESS: 119 Foster Hall on Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-578-3080

Blue Bayou Waterpark & Dixie Landin’ Theme Park
DESCRIPTION: Both are family entertainment parks. Blue Bayou specializes in water attractions and Dixie Landin’ features 26 amusement rides
ADMISSION: 48″ and taller $35, under 48″ and Seniors $28
DAYS & HOURS: May thru Labor Day
ADDRESS: 18142 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-753-3333

Celebration Station
DESCRIPTION: A franchise in the chain of Family entertainment centers; this one features a 54-hole adventure golf, two go-kart tracks, food services and picnic areas nine batting cages, Daniel’s Dixie Playland rides for ages 2-12
ADMISSION: varies betwwen $13-25/person, depending on the package you select
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu Noon-9p, Fri Noon-11p, Sat, 10a-11p, Sun 11a-9p
ADDRESS: 10111 Gwenadele Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-924-7888

Old Hickory Railroad
DESCRIPTION: Ride on an authentic steam train by historic sites; train leaves from the depot off College Station on a 6.2 mile journey back in time; a model train exhibit is open with free admission on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 11a-4p
ADMISSION: Adults $10, age 62+ $5, age 12 & under $5; no credit cards
DAYS & HOURS: Sat & Sun 11:30a-3p, March-November
ADDRESS: 3406 College Street, Jackson, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-634-7397

Zachary Historic Village
DESCRIPTION: Featuring the Allison House of Rural Life with hands-on farm activities; Miss Sis’ Magic House (Children’s Museum) has a 1900s schoolroom plus science stations
ADMISSION: free, but donations appreciated
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 4524 Virginia Street, Zachary, LA MAP
PHONE: 225-654-1912

Global Wildlife Center
DESCRIPTION: 900-acre preserve for thousands of free-roaming animals from all over the world; it’s like an African safari in Louisiana; wiggle a camel’s hump, get eye to eye with giraffes, and feel the wooly fur of bison as you feed and touch wildlife during the educational guided 1.5 hour safari wagon tours; new babies are born year round
ADMISSION: $17 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children, Age 2 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily, but call for availability as tour times change
ADDRESS: 26389 Highway 40, Folsom, LA MAP
PHONE: 985-796-3585


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